At French Open, US men could tie Slam drought mark

Andy Roddick, understandably, is rather tired of hearing the

question, in one form or another: What’s wrong with U.S.


When a local reporter raised the subject at a tournament in Rome

last week, Roddick replied wryly: ”No bigger crisis than Italian


A little later, Roddick added: ”As far as harping on American

tennis, I think we’re kind of a victim of our own success over the

years in the sport. If you still stack us up against most

countries, we’re coming out ahead.”

Well, yes, that is true. What’s also true is this: The United

States has reached a low point in tennis. Not merely because the

country no longer churns out new champions with regularity, but

also because it is not really relevant at the top of the game.